Tag: Shingo Takatsu
The Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced today that they accepted Shingo Takatsu's resignation as manager and that they will make an announcement about his replacement when they decide on one. A press conference will be held on November 2 at 14:00. A live stream will be available via the team's Ustream account.
Today's Niigata Albirex game against the Shinano Grandserows was a retirement game for Shingo Takatsu. And the 6,664 fans that attended the game set a new BC League record.
When Takatsu began warming up in the bullpen in the 8th inning, he threw his pitches to Atsuya Furuta. He then took the mound with two out in the top of the 9th and got the one batter he faced to fly out to left on a 2-2 sinker.
After the game, Takatsu threw one last ceremonial last pitch to Furuta. Kosuke Fukudome was also a part of a post-game ceremony.
Said Takatsu, "My career lasted twenty-two years. I was able to play baseball with great teammates and received many amazing memories. These are my personal treasures. If I could have one wish, it would be to return here one more time. To return to the mound next year and the year after that. I was a very lucky baseball player."
Niigata announced today that their game against the Shinano Grandserows on September 22 will be a retirement game for Takatsu. A ceremony will also be held after the game.
The BC League's Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced on Friday that pitcher/manager Shingo Takatsu will be retiring as an active player at the end of the season. A press conference will be held on September 4. Footage will be available at the team's Ustream channel.
The Niigata Albirex Baseball Club (BC League) held a press conference at Hard Off Eco Stadium Niigata yesterday (currently available on Ustream) to introduce Shingo Takatsu as their new manager. Takatsu, who will also be on the active roster next season, told reporters that he was most likely going to retire as a player after the 2012 season.
The Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced today that relief pitcher Shingo Takatsu (43) will assume the role of player/manager next season. This will be the first time in BC League history that a player will also take on the role of manager.
Prior manager Hideki Hashigami left the team after the past season in order to take on a job as a strategy coach with the Yomiuri Giants.
Games from the 12th:
It also happened to be Matsui's birthday on the 12th. His intentional walked ended two consecutive years of home runs on his bithday: in 2008 he hit a grand slam and in 2009 he hit a 3-run homer.
White Sox 2 - Cubs 1
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a defensive replacement (right field) in the top of the 9th and then grounded out to the pitcher during his at bat in the bottom half of the inning.
Toshihisa Nishi visited former Yomiuri Giant teammate Hisanori Takahashi on the 12th to watch him pitch. Said Nishi, "If I was still playing, I wouldn't have this chance to see him play, so I've been looking forward to this. ... It's like a family member is playing today."
Akinori Otsuka dropped by the Mariners dugout on the 12th to see Ichiro and Don Wakamatsu. Seems Ichiro has a lot of respect for Otsuka: "[To go under the knife three times] means he must love baseball. And to be so cheerful despite that... I thought that was amazing."
The Red Sox placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day DL due to right elbow tightness (retro to the 8th). This marks the second time Matsuzaka has been placed on the DL this year, and 5th time over his 4-year MLB career.
You were scratched from your start before the start of the game
Everything was fine up until the time I stepped foot into the bullpen. Once in the bullpen, I started feeling tightness along the outer portion of my arm, and it was affecting the way I was pitching. I could have pitched if I had to... But they said it didn't make sense for me to change my delivery just so that I could pitch and they shut me down.
Your thoughts on the DL
They ended up using a lot of pitchers today. I just feel really bad about this and offer my apology.
Your plans moving forward
The trainer checked me out and it doesn't appear to be that bad. Since this feels more like muscle tightness, I don't think I'll be out for very long. We'll probably way a day or so before making any decisions on what to do next.
Shingo Takatsu (playing for the Sinon Bulls out the of CPBL) currently leads the league in saves with 13. His team also won the first half of the season.
by Gen on Apr.01, 2010 @ 2:28 pm, under MLB
Tags: Akinori Iwamura, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Hisanori Takahashi, Ichiro Suzuki, Kazuo Matsui, Koji Uehara, Kosuke Fukudome, Shingo Takatsu, Takashi Saito
Shingo Takatsu became the first pitcher to record saves in the NPB (286), MLB (27), KBO (8), and the CPBL (1) when he saved a game against the Brother Elephants on the 31st.
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first against the Milwaukee Brewers on the 31st. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: fly out to right, ground out to pitcher, RBI single to right. Fukudome was taken out of the game in the 5th on defense.
Hisanori Takahashi tossed a scoreless inning in relief against the Florida Marlins on the 31st. He entered the game in the 8th as the 5th pitcher of the game. Takahashi walked one and struck out one and did not give up a hit.
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first against the Detroit Tigers on the 31st. He went 2-for-5: fly out to center, fly out to left, single to left, single to left, ground out to second. Iwamura was taken out of the game on defense in the 8th.
Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the Atlanta Braves on the 31st. He went 2-for-4: ground out to second, strikeout, infield single, single to left. Matsui was removed from the game in the 6th on defense.
Koji Uehara is scheduled for an MRI to make sure there's nothing else wrong with him.
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 31st. He went 1-for-4: ground out to first, ground out to pitcher, fly out to center, infield single. He was lifted for a pinch-runner in the 7th.
Ichiro also showed off his arm in the 2nd when he threw out a runner trying to score from second.
Hideki Okajima started and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits over an inning of work in a minor league exhibition game on the 31st. He will likely get to pitch in one more exhibition game before the start of the regular season.
Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed 70 pitches to a squatting catcher on the 31st. Matsuzaka told reporters that he felt great throwing the ball, better than at any other time during the Spring.
It seems surgery could be an option for Junichi Tazawa.
Takashi Saito played some catch and did some running during pratice on the 31st. Billy Wagner joined Saito partway through his running session.
Kei Igawa will likely work out of the pen this year (the article quotes the Times Leader as its source).
by Gen on Mar.25, 2010 @ 2:38 pm, under MLB
Tags: Akinori Iwamura, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Kenshin Kawakami, Kosuke Fukudome, Ryota Igarashi, Shingo Takatsu, Takashi Saito
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 4th against the Kansas City Royals on the 24th. He went 2-for-2: single to center, walk, 3-run homer to right-center. Just before he hit the home run in his third at bat, Matsui also hit a foul ball that put a crack in Art Moreno's front windshield.
Takashi Saito tossed a scoreless 7th against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 24th. He did not give up any hits and walked one.
Kenshin Kawakami is still scheduled to start an exhibition game on the 25th against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ryota Igarashi told reporters he was feeling fine on the 24th, one day after he pitched on consecutive days. He added that he could "probably even throw again today if I had to." Igarashi also told reporters he felt like he was getting "tougher" inside.
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted lead-off against the Boston Red Sox on the 24th. He went 2-for-3: double to left and a stolen base, strike out, single to right. He also stole a base. Iwamura was taken out of the game in the 6th on defense.
Daisuke Matsuzaka played some catch on the 24th in preparation for his outing on the 25th. Matsuzaka is currently schedule to following Tim Wakefield as the second pitcher of the game and will likely throw about 2 innings.
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted lead-off against the Texas Rangers on the 24th. He went 3-for-3 with an RBI: single to right, walk, RBI single to center, single to left. Fukudome was removed in the 6th on defense.
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first against the San Deigo Padres on the 24th. He went 0-for-4: fly out to right, strike out looking, fly out to short, ground out to second.
Hiroki Kuroda started a game against the Oakland A's on the 24th. He tossed 5.1 scoreless inning while giving up a hit and 2 walks. He also struck out two.
Shingo Takatsu appeared in his first regular season game for the La New Bears (CPBL) on the 23rd and entered the game in the 12th with the score tied at one. He gave up 1 hit and did not allow a run to score in his inning of work. The game ended in a tie.
It appears as though Shingo Takatsu has signed a contract with the Sinon Bulls of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. The Bulls are thinking of using Takatsu as a closer.
Based on the Nikkan Sports article, Takatsu will become the first player in the Meikyukai to play in the CPBL.
=== UPDATE 2/2/2010 8:45am JST
Takatsu left Japan for Tawain on Monday. Seems his uniform number with the Bulls will be 22.
The Bulls will hold a press conference for Takatsu on Tuesday and are expecting about 40 members of the media to show up.